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Five storylines to watch heading into Ravens mandatory minicamp

Five storylines to watch heading into Ravens mandatory minicamp

The Ravens begin their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday. They will also learn the long-term prognosis for wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who is scheduled for knee surgery Tuesday.

Here are five storylines to watch heading into minicamp:

1. The status of left tackle Eugene Monroe.

Monroe tweeted last week that he was cleared to play following shoulder surgery, but he had not participated in OTA’s.

If Monroe takes the field, will he be the starting left tackle, or will rookie Ronnie Stanley continue to work exclusively at left tackle?

Does Monroe still figure into the Ravens’ plans for 2016, or is he destined to move on after missing 17 regular season or playoff games over the last two seasons?

2. The wide receivers.

With Perriman, Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles), and Michael Campanaro (calf) on the shelf, there are opportunities for wide receivers to step forward, just like Kamar Aiken did last season.

Mike Wallace, Jeremy Butler, Chris Matthews, and rookies Chris Moore and Keenan Reynolds are among those will get extra reps that they need to take advantage of.

3. The cornerbacks.

Top corner Jimmy Smith is not expected on the field at minicamp, after recently having screws removed from his foot. The starting job opposite Smith and the nickel cornerback position are both up for grabs.

The performance of Shareece Wright, Kyle Arrington, Jerraud Powers, and other corners will be an early indicator of whether the Ravens’ pass coverage will be more consistent.

4. The void at left guard due to Kelechi Osemele’s departure.

John Urschel could move into a starting role at left guard this season, but Ryan Jensen and rookie Alex Lewis could both challenge.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he would play the five best guys on the offensive line.

Osemele signing with the Raiders leaves at least one opening up for grabs.

5. The depth chart at Inside linebacker.

Who will start next to inside linebacker C. J. Mosley remains very much undecided.

Three-year starter Daryl Smith is now with the Buccaneers. Will Zach Orr, Arthur Brown, or rookie Kamalei Correa be the answer?

If none of them look ready this summer, the Ravens may consider signing a veteran to shore up that spot.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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